Thursday, September 28, 2006

Oh Happy Day!

Major milestone today - our last set of documents arrived from the Chinese Consulate in Los Angeles and don't you just know I was off and running to Kinko's to make copies and Fed Ex to our agency! To say I am relieved is a HUGE understatement - the last five months have been really intense. I had a difficult day at work so receiving these documents was even more meaningful and joyous! :) I just know there is an angel (if not several) guiding us through this journey to our baby.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Great Party!

Last night Dan and I hosted the FCC-AZ Waiting Families meeting. About 25 adults and 3 little adopted angels came over. We had a blast and enjoyed the potluck format - so nice to have a get together and not have to do all the cooking!

One family (the Friends) has already returned from China with little Soscha and they spoke about their experience in China and adjusting when they came home. It was great to hear about their real life adventure. Another family that joined us just came back from China three weeks ago and their little doll is named Fiona! Our niece Rahcel says "that's a princess name" - I agree!

Thank you to everyone who joined us and made the night so much fun!

Friday, September 15, 2006

We got our GOLDEN TICKET!!!

Well, well, well, from the depths of despair to the pinnacles of glory! Our I-171H finally arrived in the mail today. I will be at the bank first thing in the morning to get our final documents notarized, and I will drive to the AZ Secretary of State on Monday to have them certified. Then, I will send them via courier to Los Angeles to be authenticated by the Chinese Consulate. A LID by the end of September appears to be doable! At the very latest, certainly by my birthday on October 5. YEAH!!!! :)

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Race to the Mailbox...

Dan and I heard from some other families that they received their I-171H about 3 1/2 weeks after they were fingerprinted. Well, yesterday was 3 1/2 weeks for us and still nothing! I have been racing to the mailbox every day, so today I thought maybe if Dan checked it would be there. No luck!

This is how I am feeling today...

I just yearn for the paperchase to be over so we can move on to fun things - like finalizing our baby's name, buying a mini-wardrobe, toys, books, nursery decor, etc. Soon, right? I'll try and keep a good thought.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

I'm A Little Teapot...

Dan and I had a nice, long Labor Day weekend. He talked me into trying a new "really nice Irish pub" he just happened to find. I have nothing against Irish pubs, but I know the menu usually features deep fried everything and is a carb lover's demise! I managed to have a good grilled chicken sandwich and a few fried mushrooms (v. good!).

After dinner, we had time to kill before our movie so I suggested we go to As You Wish pottery store where you select unfinished pottery and they fire it to a beautiful glossy finish. After much debate, we settled on a teapot and miniature teacups and saucers. We had a blast designing and painting this gift for our daughter. I wrote "Love, Mom and Dad" on the bottom of the teapot.

I painted the teapot and Dan painted the cups and saucers. Everything came out so cute, but Dan had to say "My pieces look better than the teapot". Uh, huh... Welcome to my world. ;) Take a look at these pictures and tell us what you think...

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Welcome to our Journey!

Hi there, my husband Dan and I have created this web site to share status, good thoughts and fun ideas with our families, friends and other folks out there who have taken a similar journey. We are adopting a child from China, a child who will be so treasured and loved.

We are still working on our dossier, and are waiting for our I-171H document. This golden ticket is our final approval to adopt from the US government. Once we receive that document, we will have our dossier notarized, certified by the Arizona Secretary of State and finally authenticated by the Chinese Consulate in Los Angeles. We hope to have the whole dossier sent our agency for translation by the end of September. Once the dossier is translated, it will be sent to China and we will receive a log-in date (LID). The wait then begins as we anticipate 12 to 14 months before we get our referral and travel notice.

We are keeping busy while we wait and have become very involved with the Families with Children from China (FCC) group. We have met many families who are waiting like we are, and many others who have already returned home with their precious little angels.

Speaking of angels, we already have three children. OK, they are four-legged children but believe me when I write they are treated like human babies! Brody is a Bichon Frise, Alfie and Katie are Havanese. They are all around 1.5 years young! We love them so much and have a lot of fun just watching them play, wrestle and snuggle. :) The pictures shown here are from their first Halloween, and Katie's first haircut - so cute! (Proud Mom moment).

Despite advice from many people, I have already started designing the nursery. I am posting pictures of the fabric we selected for the nursery. It is made by designer Michael Miller and I purchased it on the web site. My Mom is a great seamstress and will make the bedding (sheets, blanket, dust ruffle and pillow). It takes all my will not to buy outfits! We already have a small fleet of stuffed critters from us and our family! :)